Tillandsia tectorum
     Native to the high Andes of Peru and Ecuador, Tillandsia tectorum is one of the tillandsias that is beautiful even out-of-bloom. It has very large trichomes (largest in the genus) that give it an overall "fuzzy" appearance. These trichomes protect it in its native environment from the intense sun and UV radiation. For those of us growing in our homes and greenhouses, it means they'll be happy in a very bright location. These are beautiful plants.